Wednesday, April 21, 2021

God's Laws #2: No idols

Exodus 20:4,5

I saw an ad on Facebook about this "bracelet" that could help people become "tuned in to the universe" in such a way that it would help them become successful, and how to acquire one for one's self.

THIS is what God is talking about when He talks about "graven images" and "idols".

That picture of your grandmother that you would kill over if someone broke it? It's an image of a likeness that has become "sacred". God wants to be the only "SACRED" part of your life. Everything else is HIS to give you.

That statue of Buddha you got on your front porch. How many times have you rubbed it's belly for luck? God wants you to understand that the source of your blessings is HIM alone. Not that Buddha statue that you believe holds some power over your "luck".

Note: Corrections have been made as to the order of the commandments on this blog

Saturday, April 10, 2021

God's Laws 4: Keep the Sabbath

Exodus 20:6-11

God did not tell us to "choose a day that we want to rest". GOD chose "the seventh day".

Some people rationalize that "Well, as long as you take ONE day, it's okay." It IS okay if you are, with all integrity of your heart, doing it in honor of God. But, for those who KNOW the law and UNDERSTAND IT, it is NOT okay to just take ANY day. At that point, taking ANY day becomes willful disobedience.

God said take the 7th day. Keep it HOLY. REST. And, He even gave the reason for it:

11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

God has blessings and cursing for those who profane the Sabbath. Read Leviticus 26. Particularly verse 34>

Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.

Read also Ezekial Chapter 20

If you have become convicted and cannot figure a way to honor the Sabbath the way it is stated in these verses, take comfort in the Chapter of Matthew 12, but I BEG you, do not use this to RATIONALIZE that dishonoring the Sabbath is okay.